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    Small Business Employment Grows in June 2014

    by on August 6, 2014

    The June Intuit Small Business Employment Index continued a four-month growth streak for small business job creation. U.S. small businesses added 20,000 jobs in June, while employees worked fewer hours and made more money during the month. In addition, small b…

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    Why and How to Attract and Retain Young Talent

    by on August 6, 2014

    It is becoming increasingly important to attract and retain young talent. Millennials — people who are 30 years old and younger — already make up 36 percent of the U.S. workforce, and their ranks are only expected to swell. As baby boomers retire and Gener…

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    Does Your Business Need a Summer Dress Code?

    by on May 27, 2014

    In summertime the pace slows down, life gets a little more casual, and your employees may reflect that in their warm-weather wardrobes. If you’re concerned that the staff looks more like they are attending a backyard barbecue than working in a place of serious…

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    Small Business Employment Showed Slight Gains in April 2014

    by on April 30, 2014

    The latest Intuit Small Business Employment Index showed slight employment growth in April 2014, reversing a three-month trend of slow to no growth. Meanwhile, the Intuit Small Business Revenue Index showed that overall small business revenue declined by 0…

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    Starbucks Supply-Chain Program Holds Lessons for Small Businesses

    by on March 14, 2014

    Shortly after New Year’s, as customers craving warmth and comfort descended on a Starbucks in frigid North Canton, Ohio, store manager Beth Shelton was nowhere in sight. She was flying south on company business to the sunny hills of Costa Rica.

    Her trip was…

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    In the Trenches: The Difficulty of Going Mobile

    by on March 12, 2014

    We’ve all heard the news: Nearly a third of U.S.-based web traffic is mobile, PCs are dead, and if you aren’t using a touch screen, you aren’t cool. That means your small business needs to be “mobile friendly,” which generally requires enabling your …

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    Pump Up Your Workforce With These Unusual, Affordable Employee Perks

    by on March 6, 2014

    On-site gyms, therapeutic massages, gourmet meals — the list of employee perks provided by Silicon Valley tech companies goes on and on. The goal, of course, is to lure and retain top talent. How can small businesses compete?

    Not every employee incentive ha…

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    In the Trenches: The Money vs. Time Tug-of-War

    by on March 5, 2014

    Last week’s post about team vs. individual customer service received some insightful comments from readers. Thank you! In particular, two people suggested that we resolve our problem by using a help desk-style ticketing solution. This would be ideal if it we…

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